New Century Environmental Focus Areas for 2016-2018
- Kurt Tooley M.S., Chris Shank, B.S. Michael Gutzmer PhD and Jeff Kelly. 2017. Current Status of Wolves on Standing Rock Sioux Reservation with an emphasis on Camera Surveillance Techniques and Wildlife Management Benefits. Native American Fish and Wildlife Society Meeting, Rapid City South Dakota, May 2-4, 2017.
Standing Rock Sioux Reservation was funded by BIA in late fall 2015, to investigate, document, and begin managing gray wolves on Standing Rock and at a minimum establish scientific presence/absence. Starting in 2014, there have been a number of credible sightings of gray wolves on Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. On several occasions, 3-6 wolves have been sighted on Unit 41, an area of mixed grass prairie that also includes bluffs, woody draws, pines, scrub, and short grass steppe. Sightings have been made by people that are well acquainted with the ordinary range of wildlife on Standing Rock, and witness descriptions are consistent with gray wolves and inconsistent with coyotes, dogs, and most coyote-dog hybrids: the animals are morphologically uniform, larger than coyotes, are either primarily gray or black, and uniformly have short, rounded, standing ears. Even though wolves have not been documented and much data remains to be analyzed, the benefits of camera trapping on Unit 41 have provided invaluable data related to the area and opens the door for wildlife management efforts reservation wide.
- Kurt Tooley, M.S. 2017. Climate Change Planning for Great Plains Indian Reservations in the 21st Century ~New Century Environmental Support. Native Ecological Stewardship Conference. First Nations Development Institute. Billings Montana, June 1-2, 2017.
New Century Environmental LLC in Columbus Nebraska has an excellent staff of on the ground scientists who provide key support to Great Plains Indian tribes with natural resource and climate change issues. Associate Senior Scientist, Mr. Kurt Tooley’s research background with IPCC documents and all the supporting evidence reporting climate change science is second to none. Kurt was instrumental in developing climate change tools for the Sisseton in a study that was one of the best proposals in our BIA region the last several years. Beyond his natural resource prowess, Kurt may be one of the leading socio-economic climate scientists in the country working with impacts of climate change on Native American reservation economies with his background in formulating vulnerability assessments. Kurt has provided invaluable research and field support to NCE over the past 10 years on dozens of complex projects involving small mammal population dynamics, amphibian census, bird survey work, and is an-depth researcher finding new and innovative pilot techniques to effectively address wind farm development permitting across the Great Plains. Kurt has an-depth perception of current climate science and is a leading national expert in the area.
- Chris Shank, Madelline Franks, Kurt Tooley, and M. P. Gutzmer. 2017. Wetland Protection Plan Development for Santee Indian Reservation and Santee Office of Environmental Protection. FY 2017 and FY 2018 grant application process. [currently under way]. Submission by June 5, 2017.
- Gutzmer, M.P. C. Shank, K. Tooley, and L. Foster. 2018. Iowa Tribes of Kansas and Nebraska Reservation Flora. ~A 21st Century look into common plants growing in and around the Iowa of Kansas and Nebraska Indian Reservation~. (currently being written).
FERC Re-licensing support
- Tern & plover monitoring
- Fish community assessment in prairie streams
- Wetland assessment and development
- Sediment assessment and monitoring
- Temperature and recreation surveys
- Threatened & endangered species assessment
Wind Farm Environmental Compliance Package
- Acoustic bat monitoring for all species
- Raptor and other bird surveys
- Threatened & endangered species concerns
- Wetlands impacts and operational constraints
- Section 106, cultural historical impacts
Climate Change Assessment and Preparation
- Collection of natural resource data
- Adaptation planning
- Climate Vulnerability Assessment- includes CVII of key species and socio-economic analysis of city, region, county or tribe.
- Habitat development for sequestration alternatives
- Development of climate change assessment metrics/tools using evapotranspiration (ET), tree rings, Leaf Area Index (LAI) and a variety of other methods.
Threatened & Endangered Species & Habitat Assessments
- Protect and enhance habitat and populations of black-footed ferrets and black-tailed prairie dogs in 2.3 million acres of tribal and private land in the Missouri Coteau Region of North and South Dakota. Project will use a multi-focal approach to engage diverse stakeholders, build cooperation between stakeholders, and drive conservation reinvestment in both species-specific and general habitat programs.
- Assess hundreds of miles of stream reaches for Topeka shiner and several other species of rapidly dwindling cyprinids.
- Establish NCE as a regional expert in acoustic monitoring of all species: bats, wolves, owls, frogs, predators, birds, etc.
Botanical Inventories, Wetland Assessment & Mitigation
- Prepare regional flora guides/books for entities expanding awareness
- Wetland determination, delineation and mitigation of all project impacts
- Incorporate functional assessment approaches into mitigation packages